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Charming Oceanfront Cottage at Schoolhouse Beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Enjoy a romantic getaway for two or bring family and friends - either way, you'll have a wonderful time at our charming cottage by the sea. For the active, the beach is just steps away - fly your kite, picnic, build sandcastles, explore the tidepools or dive for abalone. For the more passive, sip a cool drink on the deck and enjoy the spectacular view or curl up in front of the fireplace with a good book.

Our home is well suited for two couples - two of the bedrooms each have a queen bed and ocean views. There's a 3rd bedroom with twin beds plus a den with fullsize futon if you bring the family. All linens are provided. There are also beach toys, towels, chairs, picnic supplies, plenty of books and games for all ages - and high speed wireless internet access.

The northern California coast is beautiful and relaxing and you don't need to leave the house at all - but if you do, you'll find almost limitless activities to fill your days. The area has many quaint villages, shops and galleries filled with local arts and crafts, restaurants serving fabulous fresh seafood, wonderful wineries, historic sites and natural wonders galore. Just be sure to return for the incredible sunsets!

Our cozy home is filled with antiques and comfy furniture. We think you will feel right at home. We have visitors who have returned year after year with their family and friends and now think of the cottage as their second home. We hope you will too! Please check our availability calendar.


More Details

Nina Mourning
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 26, 2017

About Nina Mourning

I am an entrepreneur and workaholic. I have been an editor of a scientific journal, a travel agent, a paralegal, a real estate agent and property manager, a commodity trader, a financial newsletter editor, and resident neighborhood psychic.

I currently produce video biographies of seniors, interviewing them and recording some of their family history and stories so they can be permanently saved on DVD for future generations.

I have helped raise 7 children. I love to read, garden, dance, travel and practically have my own personal zoo. I am a gatherer of information about almost anything. And I have an incredible husband, Jeff, who puts up with all my nonsense.

Nina Mourning purchased this house in 1960

Why Nina Mourning chose Sonoma County

My parents bought the cottage more than 50 years ago. It is the closest beach community to the Sacramento area. It is close to San Francisco, Sausalito, Berkeley, Napa Valley and Sonoma wine country. I grew up spending vacations there and so did my children. It is a great place to share with family and friends.

What makes this house unique

It is only a minute out the front door down the path onto the beach. But if you don't feel like a walk, you can lie in bed, sit on the sofa or at the dining room table, or out on the deck and have a wonderful view of the ocean and the waves crashing on the rocks. I never tire of the wonderful sunsets - every one is different but terrific in its own way.

And the most amazing thing - you can actually see millions of stars because the night sky is so dark. We also have deer, lots of shorebirds, and great tidepools.


Bodega Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Both baths have tubs with shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Steps from Beach, amazing ocean view, great tidepools and whale watching, nearby Sonoma and Napa County wineries, Free Wireless Internet, Large Deck, Books, Games, horseback riding and golf. Sonoma County Certificate 718N


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(54 traveler reviews)

Charming Oceanfront Cottage at Schoolhouse Beach
average rating of 4.9259257 based on 54 reviews
Fair Oaks

Nina's House is Beautiful, and perfectly located

  • 5 of 5

Nina's Home is wonderful. It is beautiful and spacious inside. Wonderfully equipped (no need to bring any paper supplies no matter how long you stay). Fully equipped kitchen, large TV in comfortable living room with virtually any TV channel you'd want. Beautiful view out the living room window and from the front deck with your morning coffee. I took my Mom there for her 92nd birthday and had a wonderful time with her and my Sister.

You just can't go wrong with Nina's house and Nina is as wonderful as her house!!

Don't miss this treasure!!

  • Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad the house met your needs and you enjoyed your stay. I'll look forward to having you as guests another time. Thanks, Nina
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Better than we expected

  • 5 of 5

This house is absolutely perfect. The pictures represented here are lovely but the home is even more beautiful and much more spacious than we expected. There were 6 of us and we were all very comfortable ..lots of space for privacy if needed..The kids loved staying in the den because it made them feel like they had their own little apartment. Schoolhouse Beach right across the street..not safe to swim in as its a bit treacherous, but gorgeous to look at at. There are picnic tables right at the edge of the lookout where we enjoyed sitting and taking in the views..the kids (teens) enjoyed going out at night for star gazing. We were fortunate that the weather was so clear and perfect. Owner Nina was always gracious and available via email with any questions I had...The whole experience was wonderful and we can't wait to go back again. Thank you Nina!!

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I just spent a delightful couple of days at the cottage, and even though there were storms bringing heavy rain and strong winds it was a treat to sit in our warm dry cozy perch and watch the waves crashing on the rocks and beach below and the ocean roil and the clouds race! There were birds soaring the thermals in front and scores of little birds in the trees in back, nature all around us! And in addition to the efficient wall heaters we enjoyed a nice log fire to keep us warm, comfortable sofas to lounge on and the beds even have electric blankets! Nina thinks of everything, the house is very well supplied, has fast Xfinity wifi and cable tv, and above all is clean, tidy and spacious. We were sad to leave and can't wait to go back and spend more time there!

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect getaway for my family . We enjoyed the house and it was very cozy, well stocked and a hop, skip, and a jump from the beach. Nice early morning walk down there. This is my second visit to the house and will be returning soon !

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Get Away week

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just spent 7 lovely days in Bodega Bay and this home made it perfect! The view from the living room, dining room, kitchen and bedroom are all wonderful! We had family join after a few days and they fell in love with the house and the area. They are avid hikers and bicyclists and this was a huge hit. Nina provides everything except your food and clothing--couldn't ask for more!

  • Submitted: May 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Just returned to Texas after a wonderful 6 night stay. The cottage was perfect in every way. Could not find a better place to enjoy the breeze from the ocean and the view. The cottage had everything we needed from q-tips to zip lock bags for storage. Only thing we could not find were BBQ tools but able to make do with all the available utensils inside. Close to cute little towns.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm sorry you couldn't find the BBQ tools. They don't fit in the utensil drawer so they are (usually) in the cupboard with the pots and pans.
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Nearest Airport
85 Miles
Oakland or San Francisco
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Bodega Bay
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Bodega Harbour Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Bodega Bay
Nearest Beach
Schoolhouse Beach
Car: necessary

Wine tasting, Whale Watching


Rates & Availability

Bodega Bay House Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Cleaning $130 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

$250 refundable reservation/security deposit due with rental agreement. I hold the deposit with rental agreement and return deposit within a few days of departure. Rental fee is due 30 days before arrival date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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